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Which Flooring Installation Method Is Best in Markham?

Are you planning to renovate your floors? Whenever a Markham homeowner thinks about hardwood flooring installation, they typically envision a hammer, nails, and a lot of hardwood planks. But this is not as simple as it sounds.

Just as there are many options when it comes to flooring, including real and engineered hardwood, vinyl, and laminate, there are many installation methods. You have to choose the appropriate method depending on the type of floor you have, whether it will be installed above or below grade, and the subfloor material.

In this post we discuss some of the most popular and effective methods of flooring installation in Markham. This will make it easier for you to decide which method is most suitable for your flooring.

A Comprehensive Guide to Flooring Installation Methods

There are three main types of flooring installation: nail-down, glue-down, and floating. In this post, we explore the benefits of each to understand which strategy is most suitable, as recommended by the experts at Amazon Hardwood.

1. Nail Down

Nail hardwood flooring Markham

If you are planning to install solid or engineered wood floors over a wooden subfloor, consider the nail-down method. This is the most common hardwood installation method, where nails are used to fasten the wood directly to the subfloor. Using the ‘blind-nailing’ technique, the nail is angled at 45 degrees and nailed through the ‘tongue. This installation technique ensures that the nails are not visible upon completion. For ¾” thick flooring, 2″ nailing cleats are normally used to attach the flooring to the subfloor. However, there are different types of nails available that can be used for different installation applications and wood thicknesses.

Some of its advantages are:

  • It is a relatively quick and affordable process.
  • It is suitable for both solid and engineered hardwood floorboards.
  • The floorboards will be firmly set against the subfloor

2. Glue Down

glue down hardwood flooring Markham

The glue-down method, as the name suggests, involves attaching the flooring directly to the subfloor with a strong adhesive.

It is one of the most permanent and stable methods of hardwood installation. Engineered wood and parquet can also be glued down. However, glue-down flooring requires a great deal of knowledge and experience to be completed perfectly. So, it is advised to contact experts like Amazon Hardwood to execute the job seamlessly.

Compared to other installation types, this process is quieter. If you are concerned about the unwanted noise usually caused by floor installation and are looking for a solution, this method is recommended.

Before beginning the process, you must ensure that the subfloor is even. Before beginning installation, sand down any high spots and fill in any low spots with levelling compounds to make them flat. This preparation will help ensure long-term performance. Then the adhesive is spread on the subfloor with the proper trowel to adhere the wood flooring to the sub floor. There are mainly two types of adhesives available: moisture-curing urethane and synthetic polymer adhesives. Each has its application and performance characteristics, so consult our flooring installation experts to decide which is the right fit for your floors.

Some of its advantages are:

  • The adhesive used in the installation process is somewhat elastic which allows the floorboards to naturally expand and contract with seasonal changes.
  • The high-quality glue often helps with sound and moisture insulation.
  • The glue-down method stabilizes the floor, which adds to its longevity.

3. Floating

floating Hardwood floors

The final wood flooring installation method is floating. This is the fastest and easiest method, where the planks are not attached to the flooring beneath them. They simply ‘float’ above the subfloor because they are either glued or clipped to themselves, both tongue to groove and at the end joint. They function as a single, stable floor. Usually, an underlayment pad is placed between the wood floor and subfloor to protect against moisture transfer and reduce noise. Floating floors can be installed over almost any surface.

Before beginning a floating floor installation, it is important to ensure that the subfloor is dry and flat. Just like the glue-down installation method, here you need to correct high and low spots before installation begins to ensure the floor’s long-term performance.

Some of its advantages are:

  • It is ideal for existing flooring materials (e.g. vinyl, ceramic, or laminates) that are difficult to remove.
  • It is an easy installation method and hence requires less time and labour.
  • It is very affordable.
  • Since floating floors are not attached to the underlying material, they are easy to remove and reuse.
  • Because of their flexible expansion and contraction, the chances of floor damage are also reduced.

These are some of the most popular methods that you can use for your flooring installation. You should also consider your budget, aesthetics, and other priorities to determine what the best choice is for your home. Whichever method you choose, if you want expert hardwood flooring installation service in Markham, contact Amazon Hardwood.